Music at Midday
Fridays, 12:15-1 pm at National City Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 5 Thomas Circle NW
Concerts are offered live and also broadcast on the NCCC YouTube channel. Free admission; donations accepted.
Oct. 23: Organist Russell Weismann (Washington, DC) will present a program of organ music by Arthur Foote, César Franck, J. S. Bach and Franz Schmidt.
Oct. 30: Organist David Brock (Zephyr Springs, Nev.) returns to his native Washington to perform works of César Franck and Dietrich Buxtehude.
Nov. 6: Organist Mi Zhou (Baltimore) will perform works of Louis Vierne, Franz Liszt and Singaporean composer Wei Gu.
Nov. 13: Local organist Carol Feather-Martin celebrates the legacy of the organists of Notre-Dame de Paris in a program of works by Louis Vierne, Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier, Jean-Pierre Leguay, and Pierre Cochereau.
Nov. 20: Organist Derrick Ian Meador (Laurel, Miss.) will perform works of John Cook, J. S. Bach, Denis Bedard, and Georges Bizet.
National Competition in Service Playing
June 10-12, 2021
Sponsored by the DC Chapter of AGO, Schoenstein and Co. Organ Builders, and St. Paul’s K Street, Washington, DC
Preliminary Recorded Round
Candidates submit video or audio digital recording of a live performance with their local singers, to include
a. Responsorial style with antiphon and accompanied solo verses b. Anglican Chant
Submission qualifications and deadline:
Open to all American citizens under age 30 at the time of application.
Applicants must submit a scan of their US passport or state-approved ID.
Submission deadline for preliminary round: April 15, 2021.
Submission fee of $35 payable to DC Chapter AGO or via Paypal
Submission location: via Dropbox, details coming
Selection of Four Finalists:
Candidates will be notified of their qualification by May 1, 2021.
Housing in Washington, DC, will be provided for finalists for three nights.
Final Live Competition June 10-12, at St. Paul's K Street:
Finalists arrive June 10 or 11 to work on the organ for three hours each.
Friday 6-10 pm: Finalists rehearse with a local choir in 45-minute increments.
Saturday 10-noon: Public lecture-workshop by Professor Thomas Murray on accompanying Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb.”
Lunch on your own.
1-3:30 pm: Finalists perform publicly with a local choir conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Smith
Jury deliberation and announcement of winner
6 pm: Dinner with judges, finalists and committee
Repertoire for live Final Round
1. Vocal solo. Choose one from
a. Ex ore innocentium by John Ireland
b. Clouds and darkness or He delivered the poor (from Hear my Words) by C.H.H.Parry
c. Easter (from Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams
2. Psalm setting. Choose one from
a. Anglican Chant of at least 6 vv
b. Responsorial Psalm of at least 4 vv
c. Gregorian Introit Antiphon including verse and Gloria
3. German choral or Genevan psalm tune of candidates’ choice
4. Hymn composed after 1830 of candidates’ choice
(Items 3 and 4 should include at least three stanzas, with introduction, interlude and free harmonization, as if accompanying an enthusiastic congregation of some 200.)
5. One of the following:
a. Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A by C.V. Stanford
b. Give unto the Lord by Edward Elgar
c. Sanctus and Agnus Dei from Gabriel Faure’s Requiem
d. Te Deum from Collegium Regale by Herbert Howells
Panel of Judges
Professor Thomas Murray
Dr. John Walker
National Cathedral Canon Michael McCarthy
$5,000 1st Prize provided by Schoenstein & Co.
$2,500 2nd Prize provided by Schoenstein & Co.
Housing for finalists will be provided for three nights.
Sunday, Oct. 25, 3:30 pm: Live 50-minute organ and piano recital by Sandro Russo on the completed Lively-Fulcher Great Organ of St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave NW, and the Cathedral’s Steinway Concert Grand Piano. Featured works include Franz Liszt’s monumental B minor Sonata for piano and the great Fantasy on Ad Nos, ad Salutarem Undam for organ. Mask and social-distancing will be observed. Also to be live-streamed. For more information, visit the Cathedral website. Or contact Tom Stehle at email@example.com.
Sunday, Nov. 8, 4 pm: Samantha Scheff (St. John's Lafayette Square) plays a livestream recital at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in NE DC. View at myfranciscan.org.
Sunday, Dec. 13, 4 pm: Jordan Prescott (St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Ellicott City, Md.) plays a livestream recital at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in NE DC. View at myfranciscan.org.
Sunday, Jan. 10, 4 pm: David Houston (St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, College Park, Md.) plays a livestream recital at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in NE DC. Log onto myfranciscan.org to view.
Sunday, Feb. 14, 4 pm: Carol Feather Martin (Trinity Presbyterian Church, Arlington, Va.) plays a livestream recital at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in NE DC. Log onto myfranciscan.org to view.
Sunday, March 14, 4 pm: Brass of Peace (Sylvia Alimena and Lisa Tyler) plays a livestream recital at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in NE DC. Log onto myfranciscan.org to view.
Sunday, April 11, 4 pm: Carolyn Lamb Booth (Montgomery United Methodist Church, Damascus, Md.) plays a livestream recital at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in NE DC. Log onto myfranciscan.org to view.
Sunday, May 16, 4 pm: Carl Schwartz (All Hallows Parish, South River, Edgewater, Md.) plays a livestream recital at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in NE DC. Log onto myfranciscan.org to view.